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>>> thanks to the votes of democrats and republicans in congress. i will sign a law that raises taxes on the wealthiest 2% of americans while preventing a middle class tax hike that could have sent the economy back in a recession and obviously had a severe impact on families across america. >> the fiscal cliff avoided for now in one final late night vote in washington. good evening. happy new year. i'm cheryl jennings. dan ashley and carolyn johnson have the night off. it means most of us, most of us will avoid a big income tax hike. it came after a bitter debate, but as one republican congressman said tonight, you have to know when to hold em and know when to fold em. now more from karen travers. >> after months of drama and last-minute negotiations congress finally passed legislation to avoid the fiscal cliff. after the vote, a rare late-night statement from president obama. >> this law is just one step in the broader effort to strengthen our economy and broaden the opportunity for everybody. >> lawmakers completely blew their deadline. they didn't get the grand bargain that b
of alarming. around the bay area law enforcement agencies are conducting driver's license checks and if needed a sobriety test. >> do what you have to do, but don't drink and drive. >> apparently an extra reminder is needed. during the week before christmas, the chp made a thousand -- 1,170dui arrests statewide compared to 980 in 2011. fatalities were up more than double during this period. 39 compared to 14 last year. >> you know, i think people are a little more depressed this year. i think they are going out and trying to find a relief for whatever pressures they have. >> ben smith of walnut creek says he has friends who have had to pay the price for a dui rest. >> it is expensive. i don't know. i am hearing different numbers. the last time i had a buddy it was like 6,000 or something like that. i heard $10,000. >> businesses like the pier15 restaurant and bars say they will call a cab or drive a customer home themselves. they say it is worth it for both patron and customer. >> and that's why we have returning customers all the time. we do care about our customers.re offering water in betwe
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